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Epson lowers prices on ink jets
Epson has lowered the prices on five of its most popular Stylus Color ink jet printers and is offering rebates on select models. The Epson Stylus Color 800 and 800i are now $130; the Epson Stylus Color Eight Cubed is now $160; and the Epson Stylus Color 777 and 777i are now $80. The Epson Stylus Color 880, 880i, and Eight Cubed will carry a $30 mail-in rebate valid through August 31st, 2001. Additionally, users who purchase an Eight Cubed through June 31st, 2001 will receive an additional $30 mail-in rebate as well as a free printer stand.
Macworld New York pre-registration closing
Pre-registration for Macworld Conference and Expo New York 2001, which runs July 17-20 at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center, ends next Monday, June 18. Those who pre-register for the event can save up to $150 off a conference package.
Mint Audio 1.0: Lightweight MP3/audio player
After several weeks of beta testing, Unsanity has released Mint Audio 1.0, a $13 lightweight MP3 and audio player for Classic and Mac OS X that features streaming audio support, hierarchical playlist, skins, visualization, alarm clock, and playback of over 30 formats.
MP3 creators introduce mp3PRO
Thomson Multimedia and the Frauhnhofer Institute, the two creators of the MP3 format, have released a codec for the mp3PRO format. The new digital sound recording format doubles the compression rate at the same sound quality, thereby bumping the ratio up to 2 minutes per 1 MB of audio instead of 1 minute per 1 MB of audio. The new format is backwards compatible with current MP3 players, but the current players will not be able to play the higher pitches that have been reinstated in mp3PRO. The mp3PRO coder and decoder are currently only available for Windows, but Mac players and encoders supporting the new format should be available later this year.
Web resources track XDarwin project
Mat Caughron has put up a end-user site on XDarwin, the project to run XFree86 (a XWindow server) on OS X. Torrey Lyons, who is also working on the project, has a Website "more aimed at technical information for experienced Unix users."
USB adapter for Monsoon speakers
Tom Dillon writes that Sonigistix has released a new USB adapter so users "don't have to rely on devices like the troublesome iMic to output great Monsoon Planar sound. My Monsoon speakers with jack thru an iMic adapter would not function on OSX." The $20 USB adapter, released this week, is compatible with its Home Audio Series.
Business Week posts Design award winners
Following our note yesterday, Business Week has posted a complete list of Annual Design Award Winners for 2001: "Not only did Apple get a gold for TiBook, but a Bronze for the G4 Cube and Apple Pro Speakers." Other award winners include the Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical, Palm m100, and Razer Boomslang 1000 and 2000.
Bannister releases Game Boy Advance emulator
Richard Bannister has released BoycottAdvance/MacOS 0.1.9, the first version of a new Game Boy Advance emulator for Classic and Mac OS X. The handheld console was released in the U.S. this past Monday.
Rune: Halls of Valhalla left in limbo
Rune: Halls of Valhalla for the Mac, an expansion and standalone multi-player only third-person action game, is being held from release while Take Two Interactive finds a publisher, according to Inside Mac Games. The game was recently completed by Westlake Interactive, but when Gathering of Developers passed publishing duties for many of its Mac titles to MacSoft, Halls of Valhalla was left out of the mix. Several offers to publish the title are on the table, but Take Two Interactive has yet to finalize a deal.
Architosh: ArchiFM WebServer coming soon
Architosh reports on the pending announcement of ArchiFM WebServer, an interactive 3D technology moving to Mac OS X, a new partnership between EON Reality and GDL Technology, and an online design tools site watching for interest from Mac users.
VueScan 7.1: Film scanner improves on OS X
Hamrick Software's VueScan 7.1, a new version of its $40 film scanner for Classic and Mac OS X that offers batch processing, automatic color-balancing, and cropping, adds better memory allocation for the Mac OS X version, improves infrared cleaning to work with larger dust spots, and fixes several other minor issues.
Package Tracker 3.2.1 supports FMP 5.5
Intelli Innovation's $35 multi-carrier, package management solution, Package Tracker 3.2.1 for Classic and Mac OS X, now supports Roadway Express in QuickTrack and Tracking List modes and is compatible with FileMaker Pro 5.5.
Play \"Name That Tune\" with your MP3s
Black Magik Software's $15 The MP3 Game 1.0 uses your own collection of MP3s to play "Name That Tune" with up to seven other players. Players take turns trying to guess the name of a song that is played while the timer counts down. The faster you answer, the more points you get. When all of the rounds have been played, the player with the highest score wins the game.
Power Mac G4 Cube reaches end-of-life?
Major Apple distributors, including Ingram Micro, are no longer filling orders for the Power Mac G4 Cube, leading resellers to believe that the product is reaching end-of-life (EOL). Supply of both the CD-RW and DVD models are dwindling in the retail channel, according to resellers.
Circuit City, CompUSA offer Tri-Media reader
Circuit City and CompUSA are now carrying the SmartDisk VST Tri-Media Reader, a USB-based multi-media reader for Macs and PCs. The $130 device reads and transfers data from CompactFlash memory cards, SmartMedia memory cards, and floppy diskettes.
G4 Cube wins Macworld Gold Award
Macworld has won awards in seven categories from the Western Regional chapter of the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including two gold awards for graphics excellence: the G4 Cube on the cover of its October 2000 issue won the Gold Award for a Front Cover Photo. The Macintosh publication was also awarded two silver and three bronze awards for editorial excellence.
Tomb Raider movie opens nationwide
Today marks the U.S. premiere of Tomb Raider, a movie based on the popular series of action-adventure games created by Core Design. The games were brought to the Mac by Austin, Texas-based publisher Aspyr Media, which could begin shipping the latest entry in the series, Tomb Raider: Chronicles, as early as today. Fandago, a movie-ticketing company that offers advance tickets for more than 3,000 movie screens nationwide, reports that sales for "Tomb Raider" accounted for more than 70 percent of advance sales for this weekend's films.
Mac sighting in Danny DeVito film
Cam C. notes that new movie "What's The Worst That Could Happen?" starring Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence featured several scenes showing Macs and Mac OS X on-screen.
Eovia offers Amapi 4.15 as free download
Architosh notes Eovia's 3D modeller Amapi 4.15 is available for free as a Web download. The application has a customizable interface and offers creation and editing of complex geometric surfaces using advanced tools such as NURBS, polygonal curves and Gordon surfaces.
Olympus DM-1 voice recorder/MP3 player
Olympus today announced the DM-1, its digital voice recorder/MP3 player. The USB-enabled device supports removable SmartMedia cards, offering up to 22 hours of voice recording time or one hour of MP3 or WMA music on the included 64MB SmartMedia card. It includes voice file management, voice activation mode, and play/record modes (SP/LP) and is expect to ship this month for $350 (street price of $300) with a DSS Player software, MusicMatch software, USB cable, carrying case with belt clip and stereo headphones as well as a 64MB SmartMedia card.
Theme utils for OS X updated
Colin Cornaby has released XMorph 1.1, an update to his OS X theme utility that brings the ability to run without root access, import MetaMorphX's .theme format, and change the Genie effect and Terminal transparency. Theme Builder 1.5, also updated, supports many of the new features in XMorph.
Sony introduces new \'value\' digital camera
Sony has announced a new 1.3 megapixel Cyber-shot digital still camera (model DSC-P20), offering MPEG motion video, ClipMotion animation and an optional InfoLithium battery. It features a 3x precision digital zoom, a 12-bit A/D converter, a 1.5" LCD, and USB connectivity. The $250 camera is due in August and will be bundled with a 4MB Memory Stick, USB cable, two AA alkaline batteries (for up to 60 minutes of shooting), and unspecified software.
Prowler 2.2: image tool has improved printing
Andrew Cunningham has released Prowler 2.2, an update to his $15 shareware image browser, image viewer and management tool. Version 2.2 offers improved printing, in-line editing of file comments, and other enhancements.
Office 2001 for Mac wins packaging award
Microsoft today announced that Mac Office 2001 is a Gold winner in the 2001 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for the package's "exceptional form, usability features and interactive qualities." The design received a Gold Award in the Packaging Structures category, highlighting Office 2001's unique clamshell design, reusability and elimination of wasteful packing materials. (The IDEA is co-sponsored by both Business Week and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
BlueJ 1.1.4: free Java dev environment
BlueJ 1.1.4, a free, flexible Java development environment, has been released for OS X: "[it] is a highly interactive Java IDE that allows interactive creation of objects and interactive method invocation. BlueJ also automatically generates UML class diagrams."
iBook ad campaign going strong in London
MacNN reader Ash Mishra sent us a note about Apple iBook ads in London:
"There essentially isn't a single underground station (subway) that doesn't have mutliple billboard style iBook "Your Life To Go" ads. In fact, the majority of bus stops in Central London (Zone 1) have these ads as well.
"The coverage is incredible. I've never seen anything like this in North America (I'm originally from Toronto, Canada). Apple's advertisor has also chosen an excellent route of advertising, as the London transport system is one of the most heavily used in the world, with over 2 million passengers daily. Definitely good bang for the buck
LOOK4 1.0: new search tool for OS X
esd software has just released LOOK4 1.0, a new, fast search tool for Mac OS X. Just place LOOK4 into the dock for easy reach and enter the search criteria into the search field. (A permission bug preventing the updating of the database has been found, but there is a work around noted.)
Java Menu Applets help Website navigation
Version 2.10 of Apycom Java Menu Applets is a collection of platform-independent lightweight java applets that allows you to "create professional menus for your Website..[they] provide a feature-rich, fast-loading menu navigation system for your web site's visitors." The $40 package is free for non-profit sites.
Apple posts free CD-RW offer for PB purchases
Apple has posted details of its free VST CD-RW offer with the purchase of any PowerBook G4, noting that it may take up to 8-10 weeks to receive the free peripheral.
BeHierarchic 4.2 supports Classic under OS X
BeHierarchic 4.2 brings Classic compatibility (under OS X), speed improvements, and improved compatibility with Glidel, FaxSTF Pro, Photoshop 6 to the shareware menu enhancer.
Virtual TimeClock 3.3 adds recovery function
Virtual TimeClock 3.3 adds a new index rebulding mechanism to better recover from data corruption to Redcort Software's full featured, software replacement for traditional employee time clocks and manual time card management.
Humongous lays off 40 percent of workforce
Humongous Entertainment, which yesterday announced the release of Freddi Fish 5, has laid off 82 employees, or 40 percent of its workforce. Some employees were disgruntled at the way in which the layoffs were made: those who were fired found their electronic key cards disabled when they attempted to enter Humongous headquarters. Worse, say some, was a subsequent meeting at a nearby hotel where those who were staying on were separated to one room while those who lost their jobs were separated to another room where they received severance packages and help constructing resumés.
Roundup: Dell GM on Apple Education
Yesterday Dell GM of Education Bill Rodriquez spoke about Apple's moves to regain its top spot in education. Other reports included Apple's Industrial Design Excellence Award for the PowerBook G4, Adobe Q2 earnings, Diablo II realm upgrades, WWII Online: Blitzkrieg for the Mac, Clive Barker's Undying for the Mac, and iBook Screen Protectors. Software releases included Rewind 1.2, iClean 4.01, and Outlook Email Archive 2.3b.
MacA&D 7.3: UML modeling tool supports XML
Excel Software's tool for UML, data, process and real-time modeling, MacA&D 7.3, adds XML support, integrated test documents, more flexible requirements traceability and enhancements to its scriptable HTML reports. Pricing starts at $500 for the Standard edition.
Passenger 2.0b1: server tool Carbonized
MacinMind Software has posted Passenger 2.0b1, a beta that runs natively under OS X, supports Mac OS X Server import/export routines and adds user ID numbering for Macintosh Manager 2.0 export. The server account creation and password generation tool will import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP 6.3 and Mac OS X XML and create account information and passwords for ASIP 5-6.3, Mac OS X Server, Macintosh Manager, EIMS, and WebSTAR. [Classic, Carbon]
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